Start-Up Activation Programme

Got an idea?

Our Start-Up Activator Programme can help!
We work with the community to provide tailored support to talk through your early-stage ideas, share invaluable tools and resources and connect you and your team with others who can help you turn your idea into reality.

  • Start-Up Activation Programme

    The Start-Up Activator Programme supports people in the very early stages of their business or project development in Christchurch. We have dedicated team members at the Ministry of Awesome who will help take your project or business idea to the next level.


    Activator Caffeine Adventure - FREE

    An initial 30-minute session provides the opportunity to seriously discuss an idea, business, social enterprise, or project. Sessions are available to anyone—of any age—wanting to bring their ideas to the next level. We also hold informative workshops, events and educational labs where you can up-skill, accelerate your idea and connect with other entrepreneurs.

    Ask us how you can participate in the Start-Up Activator Programme by emailing with a few lines about your idea and where you need help!

    Brainstorming Group - FREE

    A great starting-point to bring a project, start-up or problem. Or maybe you just love brainstorming and helping on other projects? Get new perspectives, next steps and a supportive group to bounce ideas off. No matter what stage you're at, come along for brainstorming fun and free ginger beer!

    Held at Awesome HQ our beautiful co-working space in St Asaph Street.


    Educational Workshops - $$$

    Check out our workshop series, where you can dive deep into various aspects of your business from purpose to prospects and pricing to pitching. Network with like-minded ideators and
    set yourself up for success. We offer a workshops on ideation, customer discovery validation, rapid-prototyping, marketing and branding, building relationships, Pitching among others. 

    We can bring these workshops to you! We'd love to partner your programme, deliver workshops in your school or with your colleagues.



    Lab5 is a one-week programme exploring entrepreneurial and technological solutions to global challenges including social, environmental, cultural issues. This immersive experience gives participants a sense of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, providing a space to brainstorm, test, fail, collaborate and communicate ideas.
    The lab experience will include a full day design challenge exploring global issues followed by a series of validation, prototyping, building relationships, mentor day, field trips and pitching. This takes place in the Innovation Precinct. A public programme will be included to provide multiple platforms to connect the participants with the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the city.
    This programme runs internally with our Ideators as well as in the community with education providers, local community and more. Get in touch if you'd like bring Lab5 to your community! 



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"Ministry of Awesome is simply the best place for pitch coaching in Canterbury. The feedback was the most thorough and supportive I’ve ever had and really helped to take my delivery to new level.”
Carsten Grimm, The Wellbeing Game